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APGA, Umeh, Obi and an uncertain future

FOR the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), the ruling last Friday by the Enugu State High Court was all too familiar. It was yet another ruling...

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Why councils must have autonomy, by Wali

President, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Okey Wali (SAN) told Kelvin Ebiri in Port Harcourt that the discord on critical issues on the proposed review of the 1999 Constitution between the National Assembly and some critical stakeholders is an indication that the process lacks the synergy to produce a people’s constitution. He canvassed the financial autonomy of councils and opposed the creation of states. ...

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Amnesty programme: A huge success

CONTRARY to the thinking in some quarters that the amnesty programme for Niger Delta former militants is a total failure, I make bold to say that the amnesty under the direct supervision of the Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta Affairs, Kingsley Kuku, remains the most successful programme ever run by the Federal Government. I stand by my position in my previous piece on this matter that the amnesty declaration remains the most genuine, valiant and profound effort made by any Federal Government since the country’s independence to tackle the agitation for fairness, equity and development in the oil-rich Niger Delta...

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Law book for launch

THE official presentation of a book: The Man, The Law and the State, written by Mr. Segun Onakoya (Life Bencher), holds on Thursday, February 14, 2013, by 10: 30 am at the Function Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos. The book, will be reviewed by the Deputy Director-General, Nigeria Law School, Olanrewaju Onadeko...

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Where there is no revocation of title document, can guarantor allot same land to another person?

THE person to be deprived of his property interest has the right to know that he is being expropriated of his title by the government, expropriation being, ‘compulsorily depriving a person of a right of property, belonging to him in return for compensation’. The government must take some steps, which includes that there must be a notice to the holder of the land, stating that the land has been acquired as stipulated by Section 8 of the Act and stating reasons for the revocation. In Osho v LSPD (1991) 4 WNLR (Pt 184), the Supreme Court held that notice must contain the grounds for revocation, must first be served on the holder of a right of occupancy and it must give the holder an opportunity to challenge the rightfulness or otherwise of the revocation in accordance to the constitution. ...

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Onyekakeyah: Nations Cup: Doing what amalgamation could not

THE enthusiasm and patriotic spirit with which Nigerians of all shades awaited and cheered the final match of the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Johannesburg shows that football is a more potent force to unite Nigeria beyond what amalgamation could do. There is no doubt that football has done what amalgamation could not do, assuming that the architects of that project had unity at the back of their mind. Having been forced into the marriage, as it were, the country has no other choice than to explore avenues to forge national unity...

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Akinyemi: Tribute to Papa Abiodun Adetiloye (1)

THIS tribute to the late Primate of the Nigerian Anglican Communion, Papa Archbishop Abiodun Adetiloye is coming rather late by all conventional wisdom. ...

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Tinubu: By accident is history made

ACCIDENTS do happen and yes oftentimes only a few of those accidents are good ones. ...

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Faniyan: For the love of the law

THURSDAY, the 14th day of February, 2013 is Valentine’s Day when the world will focus on the phenomenon of Love – in its various dimensions. A subset of this crowd would be pulled to a location at the summons of one who also knows a thing or two about what Love is all about – Love for the profession; the Legal profession. Mr...

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Create benchmark for public projects

SIR: Every year, government budgets for capital and recurrent expenditures. In the course of drafting the budgets, functionaries of various public ministries, departments and agencies at local, states and federal tiers of government present the items of expenditure to the public...

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